High school dances just got trampy.
This year, the prom is looking more like a "Rock of Love" casting call than the classic, formal black-tie event it's traditionally supposed to be.
According to the New York Post, the days of looking elegant are over -- at least in New York City. On prom night, NYC teens will bare their breasts and their bellybuttons (yep!). Even retailers are stunned.
"I can't believe that mothers let high-school girls buy these dresses for prom," says an anonymous sales associate at Saks Fifth Avenue, who adds that she's embarrassed to sell some of the dresses to teens.
"For prom this year, girls want short and poofy or long and tightfitting, with everything cut out -- the sides are gone, the back is gone, the front is basically gone," says Nathan Vaknin, manager of Fiesta Ladies Fashion, a dress store on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.
"Personally, I think it's too much, but we sell whatever puts money in our pocket," he says. "The parents might say no at first, but I don't think anyone can convince these girls to get a dress besides the one they really want."
Really? When our mothers bought prom dresses, they could have "convinced" us to wear potato sacks, since they were the ones wielding the plastic. And speaking of dough, moms are plunking down a lot of it. Despite their skimpy material, some of the most popular frocks this year are priced at $400 a pop.
Ann Shoket, Seventeen Magazine's Editor-in-Chief, has even weighed in on the drama, saying that the trend is overblown and assuring moms that most kids want to look modest "like Miley Cyrus." Uh oh.
Although the New York City Department of Education doesn't enforce a dress code for proms, some principals have taken matters into their own hands, inspecting girls' outfits at the door and altering them with safety pins, or even sending them home to change, if they arrive looking too risqué.
Tell us: Given that many of the girls attending prom are 18 years old, is it OK to allow them to dress sexy?
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